the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Simultaneity

Obviously, upon seeing the stereoscopic Mars images, I wasn’t the first one to think of the jiggly effect: here’s some more Martian jiggliness. Eh, I still like mine better because I have a slight fade transition between the frames. I’ve alredy linked it through del.icio.us, but I want to point out the Appleseed site and trailers over here. Some nice computer generated, motion captured, cel-shaded japanimation there! (though the female protagonist jumping off a building thing is tired, man.) Also,…

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Junior Losers and Spirit

Once again, the Juniors held a lead going into the third period of the gold medal game. Once again, they lost. sigh. I wouldn’t mind the loss so much if it was a proper loss; but this third period implosion has to stop. It makes it a harder blow to take. The worst part of it, though, is the fact that they lost to Canada Jr. Lose to the Russians? Fine! Lose to the host Finns? Fine! But Canada Jr.?…

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To Four More

This fad. This short-lived, boredom induced (and boredom inducing), often abandoned trend. This home of web-based diversions and, sometimes, random thoughts. This weblog; it is four years old today. The first ever post — months before I had a domain — is dated December 31st, 1999. The last day of the 1900s. And what a day it was! I’d rather forget it. Ignoring that, I do have to say: damn man, who’d have ever thought that this stupid shit would…

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Partial Recall

The WayBackMachine now has a beta text search called Recall. It’s still very beta-ish, as the results aren’t that great, but the ability to search the archives by text content rather than URL is interesting. Personally, I like the little zeitgeist like graphs they provide, which show good historical trends. The above search should be an obvious one: “y2k”. A sudden and massive upswell in “Y2K” related content just before January 2000, followed by a very quick decline upon the…

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The Dude

The annual festivus came and went as quickly and painlessly as possible. Luckily. Among the presents that I did receive — even though I insisted that I wanted (deserved) nothing — was a robe. This robe, along with a shaveless month (and the resultant facial growth) and the recent upswell in hermit-like behaviour (torn pants and all), has left me a little, as the French say, hoboesque. The following photo is a good approximation of what I currently look like:…

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id3 + Winamp 5

To this day, I hate id3 tags. They’re just too inconsistent, and changing them (unlike renaming a file) is a hassle-and-a-half. Now I know what you’re thinking: “if you download songs from different sources, then of course it will be inconsistent.” Which is true, and expected, but that is illegal and we’d never admit to such things. No. The point is that entries in the CDDB are inconsistent, so when you are ripping your own CDs (and querying the CDDB)…

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Your Anus, The Magician

The question is: how do you get into something for which you lack the proper knowledge or vocabulary to explain what it is that you like about it? This topic on the newish ask.metafilter helps a bit, but I need something more direct. I think I like Prokofiev and Holst. I probably like deeply layered orchestral stuff. I think I like things that use the harpsichord and/or the organ. I think that’s primarly Baroque, but I really don’t know. Then…

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Yule Time Trap

I do not hide the fact that I loathe the holiday season. I make certain to mention it every year on many, many occasions. It’s stupid and pointless. I’d be rid of it if I could. Unfortunately, there exists a Yule Time Trap. Here is how it starts: I very clearly and very emphatically point out that I, sincerely, do not want anything for Christmas and I do not want others to waste money on this retail scam; I repeat…

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Snowman Attitude

Create a Snowman. If you build it they will come… and make crude snow penises and snowmen engaging in various sexual activities. Such are the inevitabilites of the internet. I had to partake, so here’s my crude and rude snowman. Since being blown-out by Philadelphia on the first of November, the Leafs have played 18 games (most of them on the road), losing only four — and two of those were overtime losses. Since making that big trade, the .500…

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Other People’s Designs

Other People’s Stories: #61: My Friend Jason in “Dead Lock”. Dan Zettwoch on game theory and J.Lo. A comic. There’s a slick new Nintendo.com redesign. Irregardless of the console wars, and the struggles within them, Nintendo has consistently been the top dog on the web front. No other publisher or developer even comes close in that capacity. Speaking of new designs, Saila points to the new Mississauga city site. It’s useful, informative, clean, and it looks great. We, the suburban…

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RSS Firebird Extension

My kind of luck. Just as soon as I get started on my own RSS reader, I find Firebird Ext. – RSS Reader Panel. An RSS reader that very easily and very seamlessly integrates into Firebird’s sidebar. It’s nice and small, and I had it working almost instantly. There are a few problems, though. For one, it’s not very lax on the RSS validation. A malformed feed will generate errors, and you’ll end up getting nothing out of the feed.…

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Coder Curiosity

Here’s a pretty good list of RSS readers. I think I’ve tried about five of them, and none of themleft me satisfied. They were either too bulky, or too buggy, or too slow. The stand-alone desktop application factor was annoying as well, as I wanted something far more transparent. Earlier this month, I came across Feed on Feeds. Milov was using it and I liked what I saw. It was simple, clean, web based, and it used the very familiar…

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Delicious

I’ve been playing around with the pre-alpha-alpha del.icio.us lately, and I’ve been using it as a massive link-dump. Since I currently have no means of aggregating those links for local display, I’ll just link to my del.icio.us page. There’s some good stuff there. In particular, check out Bizarre Love Triangle, NHL 97 (they have FIFA 97, too), and, if you want to get creeped out, Happy Sabrina.

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